“We particularly enjoy educating young people, and we think our residents especially enjoy the positive energy and enthusiasm young people bring to the park,” our Executive Director, Mindy Stinner, said. “Our animals are highly accustomed to visitors, so the Scouts see many of them playing or checking out their visitors from only about five feet away.”
In the past, Scouts were able to explore the park on a scavenger hunt, make s’mores, and create toys for the animals. However, staff at the Center organized this year’s Girl Scout Day in a new format: each Scout toured the park with trained guides, examined real animal fur and paw castings, and even earned a special Conservators Center patch.
“We want to ensure we are always changing this event to offer new experiences. Every girl should have a unique, memorable and educational experience, even if they have attended Girl Scout Day here in years past. I’m watching a lot of young ladies enjoying learning about science and getting excited about wildlife conservation. That’s what we love to see!” Mindy adds.
Girl Scout Day is special to the Center: this is the 7th Girl Scout Day at the Center in 3 years. Mindy believes it is special to the young women who visit as well.
“When our wolf brothers make eye contact with their visitors and howl with them...that’s always a memorable moment of connection. It makes an impact.”
For those who missed Girl Scout Day, the Conservators Center offers other programs for youths as well, including for Boy Scouts and other groups. Click here to find out more about our group tours!